Despite the longer daylight hours, it’s still hard for most people to get in a good workout before 7. As a result, there are local runners, bikers, and walkers alike hitting the trails in the evening hours.
We’ve seen it in the news lately how runners go missing or hit-and-runs happen across Northeast Florida. It’s important to stay healthy to you, but it’s also important to stay safe. Here are a few ways to ensure your safety during your nightly workout.
Keep it bright
Bright lights are essential to ensure that drivers see you as you’re running close to the roads. There are several clip-on flashlight options that you can attach to your clothes. Also, be sure to stick to brighter clothing rather than dark colors.
Stick to well-lit routes
If you’re dedicated to your sport of choice, then you understand the importance of choosing the trail to venture out on that night. However, keep those secluded runs/walks to the daytime and choose well-lit routes during the night.
Run against the traffic
If you can’t see them, they can’t see you. Run against the traffic and be aware of your settings.
Keep your identification on you
This is one of the most important things you should do. Should the worst happen and you are struck during your late night outing or you’re attacked by a stranger, that identification can ensure you receive help. Similarly, keep your cell phone on you as well.
Above all, follow your instincts. If you wind up in an area that seems unsafe, turn around and stay within the vicinity of well-populated areas.